Essential oils have been used for thousands of years in various cultures for medicinal and health purposes. Essential oil uses range from aromatherapy, household cleaning products, personal beauty care and natural medicine treatments.
The particles in essential oils come from distilling or extracting the different parts of plants, including the flowers, leaves, bark, roots, resin and peels. In ancient times, Jews and Egyptians made essential oils by soaking the plants in oil and then filtering the oil through a linen cloth
Essential oil benefits come from their antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.
These healing oils are rapidly growing in popularity because they act as natural medicine without any side effects.
Wonderful smelling home: Diffuse clove, rosemary and orange essential oils when guests come over, and they will talk about how amazing your house smells.
Carpet cleaner: Mix 20 drops of tea tree oil with Borax for homemade carpet powder.
Kill pests: Spray orange essential oil and clove oil to kill pests on contact.
Lavender cake: Mix coconut flour, raw honey, organic eggs and lavender essential oil and bake at 350 degrees.
Eliminate mold: Add tea tree oil to your diffuser to kill mold and other pathogens in the air.
Christmas scent: Add a drop of pine, sandalwood or cedarwood oil on a fire log about 30 minutes before burning.
Reduce anxiety: Diffuse lavender essential oil around your home to reduce feelings of stress and tension.
Spiritual enlightenment: Diffuse frankincense essential oil while praying, meditating or reading to increase spiritual awareness.
Bathtub scrub: Mix one-half cup of baking soda, one-half cup of vinegar and five drops of bergamot or lime oil; use as a scrub for a sink or bathtub.
Freshen trash can: Put a cotton ball with two drops each of lemon oil and tea tree oil at the bottom of the trashcan to help decrease the odor and detoxify.
Wash produce: To clean fruit and vegetables, add two drops of lemon oil to a large bowl of water then wash.
Clean kitchen smell: Add a few drops of clove, cinnamon or citrus essential oil to a simmering pan of water to get rid of cooking odors like from cooking fish, cabbage etc
Bathroom freshener: Put a cotton ball soaked in lime or lemon oil behind the toilet for a bathroom refresher.
Purify fridge: To freshen up the fridge or freezer when cleaning, add a few drops of lime, grapefruit or bergamot oil to the rinsing water.
Mint tea: Use 1-2 drops of peppermint essential oil in your favorite tea for a hint of mint.
Eliminate smoke: To remove cigarette smoke, put four drops of rosemary, tea tree and eucalyptus oil in a spray bottle and spray around the house. Since my husband and I recently stopped smoking I can tell you this works great.
Detoxify the air: Add peppermint and eucalyptus oil to a gallon of paint to dispel fumes.
Get rid of shoe smell: Work shoes , gym shoes can well reek from the bacteria built up from sweating. To remove the smell from shoes, add a few drops of tea tree oil and lemon oil to freshen them up.
Bridal shower gift: For a cute bridal shower gift, create a “love potion” with essential oils. Use 20 drops of sandalwood, and four drops of cocoa, vanilla and rose oil to unscented lotion.
Baby shower gift: Give a wall diffuser with a lavender scent to calm the mom and baby.
Cleaner dishes: Add a few drops of lemon oil to the dishwasher before washing for a spot-free rinse.
Home kit: Makeover your medicine cabinet and create a family physician kit with essential oils of lavender, lemon, peppermint, tea tree, oregano and frankincense.
1/2 cup coconut oil.
1/4 cup grated beeswax.
2 teaspoon cayenne powder.
2 teaspoon ginger or turmeric powder (Note: While turmeric is an outstanding anti-inflammatory, be aware that it will cause some temporary skin discoloration)
10 drops peppermint essential oil.
10 drops lavender essential oil.
8 drops camphor oil
8 drops eucalyptus oil
Below are pictures with and without turmeric
Melt the coconut oil and beeswax together. You can do this in the microwave, in a double boiler, or what I did was set a small saucepan on the stove for a minute or two and then turned the burner off and added the coconut oil and beeswax. Stir until melted.
Allow the mixture to cool for a few minutes, then add all your essential oils
Put in a container and allow to cool completely. When it is completely cooled it will be a solid rather than liquid…but the minute it hits your warm skin…it will liquify again. That’s what coconut oil does, which makes it perfect for massaging onto sore muscles and joints.
Here are more potent rubs
When you use your cream, really take the time to gently massage it into each aching joint. The little bit of stimulation helps get your circulation pumping and circulates blood through your joints.
This gets much needed oxygen and nutrients to them, which is especially good for osteoarthritis.
Don’t forget to wear gloves when handling super spicy stuff (especially the habanero)
*stop using if it causes too much irritation.
*Never use on broken skin
Capsaicin Cream Recipe
You will need…
3 tablespoons of cayenne powder
1 cup of grapeseed oil (or any other oil like almond, or jojoba)
1/2 cup of grated beeswax
glass jar with a tightly fitting lid
Mix together 3 tablespoons of cayenne powder with 1 cup of your oil of choice and heat in a double boiler for 5-10 minutes over medium heat. Stir in a 1/2 cup of grated beeswax and continue to stir until it has melted completely and everything is blended together. Chill the mixture in the refrigerator for 10 minutes, and then whisk together. Chill for another 10-15 and then whip again before putting it in a glass jar with a tightly fitting lid and storing in the refrigerator. It will keep for 1 ½ weeks-apply daily as needed for pain.
Hotter Version Holy Habanero Rub
You will need… 1 cup of beeswax 3 tablespoons of Habanero powder 4 cups of grapeseed or another oil, such as almond, jojoba, or olive Gloves a must
Eye Protection a must
A double boiler
Glass jar with a tightly fitting lid
Directions Combine 3 tablespoons of Habanero powder with 4 cups of grapeseed or olive oil in a double boiler. Let this mixture warm up over medium heat for 5-10 minutes.
After it’s warmed, melt 1 cup of beeswax into the mixture and stir it until everything is smoothly blended together.
Let it chill for 10 minutes in the refrigerator and then whisk together.
Chill for another 10-15 minutes and then whip together once more before pouring into a glass container with a tightly fitting lid and refrigerating it.
It should keep its potency for 1 1/2 weeks. Apply as needed for pain, stopping use if any irritation occurs.
Extra Spice Bone and Muscle Creme
This cream includes the other notable anti-inflammatory’s and pain reducers turmeric and ginger, as well as cayenne.
You will need…
3 cups of grapeseed oil, or any other oil like almond, jojoba, or olive
2 tablespoons of ground cayenne
1/2 cup of beeswax
3 tablespoons of turmeric
2 tablespoons of ground ginger
A double boiler
Mix together 2 tablespoons of ground cayenne, 3 tablespoons of turmeric, and 2 tablespoons of ground ginger. Add this to 3 cups of grapeseed oil in a double boiler and stir until mixed thoroughly. Warm over medium heat for 5-10 minutes and then add in 1/2 cup of beeswax. Stir until the beeswax has melted completely and everything is blended together, and then remove from heat and chill in the refrigerator for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes take it out and whisk it together and then refrigerate for another 10, blending it once more at the end. Put in a glass jar with a tightly fitting lid in the refrigerator, where it will keep for 1 ½ weeks. Apply as needed for pain, but with this cream, rub in as much as you can and then let it dry before rinsing off. The turmeric will really stain.
**Never apply to broken skin**
Always check with your Doctor before trying anything new.
I am writing on what helps me. And this not any type of medical advice.
Warning These spices stain. Wear an apron !
If you don’t want the little bits of spices in there, follow the steps below to get a smooth infused oil to use in the cream (this makes it easier to get absorbed.)
Mix together your oil and spices for whichever recipe you choose to do.
Heat over medium heat in a double boiler for 15 minutes, and then remove it to cool and infuse for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, strain through a cheesecloth and reserve the infused oil.
After it is strained melt the beeswax in a double boiler, and pour in the infused oil.
Stir until blended thoroughly, and then follow the same steps for chilling, whipping, and storing as above.
Now for My Teas!
I love tea
And turmeric tea is a serious drink, not for the faint of heart. And it does take some time to get used to it.
But I love it
And for me it works.
I make teas with loads of anti-inflammatory herbs to keep inflammation down and the immune system healthy.
I was sick of being in pain everyday and spending money on rubs , cremes & pre made teas, so I started making my own.
My Tea for Pain & Inflammation
2 cups water
2 teaspoons dried black tea leaves
1 inch ginger, peeled and grated
2 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup almond milk (or any other milk of your choice)
2 teaspoons honey
Boil the water, ginger, cinnamon, and cardamom for 10 minutes. Add the black tea leaves and simmer for another 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add the almond milk under constant stirring. Strain, sweeten with honey and enjoy!
Here’s My Turmeric Milk
This is my original turmeric milk recipe and it makes an excellent jumping off place if you’re just starting to experiment with turmeric in your beverages. This one is very simple and very effective. As you acquire a taste for turmeric you may find you can tolerate and enjoy increasing the amount of turmeric you use.
GOLDEN MILK TURMERIC PASTE
Got inflammation? Have you heard about the awesome health benefits of turmeric?
It’s a spice that I try to add to my meals as often as possible. Not only is it a great anti inflammatory, it has also been shown to have powerful antioxidant and anti-cancer properties..
The many amazing health benefits of Turmeric include:
Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, an
Powerful analgesic for inflammatory pain
My favorite way to use the turmeric paste is to add it to a little warmed homemade coconut or nut milk to make golden milk. Golden Milk is an immune boosting remedy that ancient cultures have used for years to benefit digestion and health. It is the perfect evening time cozy drink.
You can add as little or as much as you like, depending on your preference.
You can also use the paste to flavor stir fries, stews, soups, eggs, veggies, yogurt
GOLDEN MILK TURMERIC PASTE
SERVES: 2 CUPS
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp ginger powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cardamom
1/8 tsp salt
½ cup turmeric powder (like this)
1 and ½ cups filtered water, plus ½ cup more
½ cup coconut oil (like this) and/or ghee (like this)
¼ cup raw honey, optional (like this)
Combine pepper, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
Combine turmeric and 1 and ½ cups of water in a small pot, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Bring mixture to a very gentle simmer and add another ½ cup of water. Continue to stir with wooden spoon.
Add mixed spices and continue to cook and stir on low for 3 minutes, until you have a thick and smooth paste.
Turn off heat and add fat of choice. Continue to stir until completely smooth. (I like to use half coconut and half ghee)
Add optional sweetener while mixture cools.
Transfer to clean glass jar. Mixture will thicken as it cools. Place lid on jar after mixture has completely cooled. Give a little shake to prevent separation and store in fridge for 2-3 weeks.
The sweetener is totally optional. I think honey is the perfect addition to round out the flavors of this delicious paste. Feel free to omit it if you like. You can still make Golden Milk with it. Just add a titch of sweetener to your spiced milk.
This paste should stay good in the fridge for 2-3 weeks, especially if you use a clean spoon every time you dip into it. I also like to sterilize my jar before using it. To sterilize jar: Preheat oven to 200’F. Place clean glass jar, without lid, on oven shelf for 10 minutes. Turn off oven and put lid on jar and leave in oven to cool.
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 25 Minutes
Yield: 1 Serving
Anti-inflammatory Turmeric Tea
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of clove
pinch of nutmeg
tsp fresh ginger
pinch of fresh ground black pepper
As much turmeric as you can handle! Start with a teaspoon and go up from there.
1-2 cups of water
Raw honey to sweeten
Milk sub of choice (I went with fresh coconut milk, but almond and hemp would both be delicious)
*I have included black pepper in this recipe as studies show it aids in the absorption of curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric. I happen to be allergic to black pepper and so I omit it.
Make It Like this Slow and steady stove top method
Simmer herbs and water together for 10 mins.
Strain out and add honey and milk.
Speedy blender method
Boil water in your kettle and add to blender (a blender with gradual speed increase will reduce likely hood of pressure from steam of boiled water exploding out of your blender).
Add in spices and blend until smooth and unified in colour.
Strain out tea and add milk and honey.
Do you like Ice Tea?
ANTI-INFLAMMATORY LEMON GINGER TURMERIC ICED
MAKES: 3-4 CUPS
2 qt water
1 lemon, sliced or rough chopped (or more to taste), rind included
2 ” ginger root, rough chopped (or more to taste)
big dash of turmeric
big dash cinnamon
pinch of black pepper
2 tbsp maple syrup (more or less to taste)
Fill a 2 quart pot about ¾ full with water. Add in all other ingredients and bring to a boil on the stove. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Then remove from heat and allow the drink to cool off. Strain into a glass jar.
Chill overnight in the fridge for an iced tea (or enjoy hot straight away)!
***If you’re planning on making a larger batch of this, just note that after a day or so in the fridge you’ll need to shake it and then strain it through a sieve into your glass to avoid getting any residue in your cup.
See below for my other Turmeric Tea Tonic
The 12 HEALTH BENEFITS OF TURMERIC
Antioxidant: Curcumin has the ability to quench free radicals that can cause mutation in our DNA.
Cancer Preventative: The cancer-causing effects of cigarette smoke, barbequing, and smoke of any kind are suppressed by curcumin.
Anti-Inflammatory: Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory powers are as effective as many anti-inflammatory drugs, including effective as phenylbutazone and cortisone without the side effects.
Liver Protective: Curcumin has been shown to have a protective effect on the liver and is incredibly effective at increasing bile release, which helps with fat digestion.
Wound Healing: Natural antiseptic and antibacterial properties to keep the infection away from cuts and burns.
Super Brain Function: Curcumin greatly reduces the rate of mental decline. May prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain.
Kills the Bad Guys: Curcumin has anti-microbial properties that fight the nasty guys such as Clostridium, Streptococcus, Entamoeba histolytica, and several pathogenic fungi.
Natural Pain Killer: Helps reduce sensations of chronic pain. Yay more of this!
Promote Weightloss: Helps manage weight, and aid in fat metabolism.
Reduce Depression: A staple in Chinese medicine for helping lift mood in cases of depression.
Boost Effectiveness of Cancer Drugs: Studies have shown that turmeric can boosts the effects of chemo drug paclitaxel and reduces its side effects.
Skin Healing: Can help internally and topically with psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.
Turmeric Tea Tonic
An anti-inflammatory elixir for immune health.
1½ cups hot water
½ tsp up to 1 tsp dried turmeric powder (work your way up!) or 1 inch fresh turmeric root, peeled and chopped
½ tsp cardamom seeds
½ tsp whole cloves or ¼ tsp ground
pinch of cayenne
pinch of black pepper (optional)
1 Tbsp Goji Berries
2 Tbsp Hemp Seeds
1 Tbsp Ghee or Coconut Oil
1 Tbsp honey, or to taste
A pinch of black pepper
Make It Like This
Place all ingredients in your high speed blender and blend until smooth.
Pour through a fine mesh sieve and enjoy.
Stove Top Method
Place water, turmeric, cardamon seeds, cloves, cayenne and goji berries into a pot and simmer for 20 minutes.
Strain out liquid and allow it to cool, then blend with hemp seeds, ghee and honey. You may choose to put this back on the stove to heat to desired sipping temperature.
***And it’s even better with fresh in my opinion. You’ll likely want to start with 1/2 to 1 inch of fresh ginger, scrubbed and chopped fine.
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